Frequently Asked Questions
What is orthopedics?
Orthopedic medicine is focused on the musculoskeletal system, which includes your joints, ligaments, bones, tendons, nerves, and muscles. Essentially, any part of your body that contributes to movement is related to orthopedic medicine.
What does a consultation involve?
The first visit with us will involve a thorough consultation so that we can get an understanding of what you are dealing with. We will ask about your medical history and your symptoms while trying to learn when you first noticed pain or discomfort, and if there are any activities that make it worse. Diagnostic tests, like x-rays, may be needed.
Why might I visit your orthopedic office?
In some cases, your primary doctor will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for focused care. We see patients for injuries, diseases, and conditions including fractures, torn ligaments, dislocations, arthritis, osteoporosis, and more.
What kinds of treatments are used at your center?
We usually recommend a conservative, non-invasive approach to orthopedic care at first. This involves rest, ice therapy, elevation, and pain medications. However, more involved treatment may be needed as well. This can involve physical therapy to restore strength or range of motion, minimally-invasive surgery to repair damaged bone or ligaments, or joint replacement to relieve chronic pain.
Can orthopedic injuries be avoided?
There are some steps that you can take in order to reduce your risk of orthopedic injuries, even if you cannot prevent them completely. Low impact exercises and a diet rich in calcium can keep your bones healthy and strong. You can also make sure that you are warming up and stretching before beginning any type of physical activity.
What should I do if I am injured?
In most cases, using ice on the injured area can reduce swelling in the first day or two. Afterward, heat can help to provide pain relief after swelling as gone down. However, you will need to contact our office to find out the best approach for your particular injury.